COMMENTARY | Henrik Zetterberg isn't known for his political beliefs, but the Detroit Red Wings captain recently criticized Russia's "anti-gay" laws, something New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist decided not to.
Lundqvist, who most likely will be starting for the Swedish team at the 2014 Winter Olypmics in Sochi, Russia, is an active supporter of the "You Can Play" project, which promotes tolerance for gay athletes.
For someone who actively supports a project that stands up for gay athletes, not speaking about the "anti-gay" laws in Russia makes it seem like Lundqvist only advocates the "You Can Play" project as a PR move or to please his fans, and not because he actually cares about it.
Zetterberg, Lundqvist's soon-to-be teammate on the Swedish team, had no problems criticizing the laws saying they were "awful, just awful." Zetterberg's answer doesn't seem like a PR move either. He seems to genuinely care about the rights for gay and lesbian athletes.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Zetterberg's probable teammate at the Olympics also criticized the laws saying "That's completely wrong, we're all humans. No one should have a say in what way you're sexually oriented."
Lundqvist seems like he is trying to hide something. Choosing not to comment on a topic is worse than giving an answer the public doesn't want to hear.
Plus, Lundqvist should be used to giving the answer the public wants to hear. As an athlete, you have to answer questions every day in which you would be ostracized for sharing your true feelings about.
Zetterberg did the right thing and took a strong stance on an issue that is becoming a hot topic in sports. Zetterberg spoke out when Lundqvist should have.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.
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